badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Black with almost no head. Vegetal coffee grounds and chili pepper aroma and taste with an earthy coffee finish.
EdKing (1831) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Pat’s birthday tasting at Chriso’s. Dark brown colour with an off white head. Nose is deep roasted coffee bean, bourbon barrel sweetness, vanilla. Taste is chocolate, coffee and soft bourbon notes on the finish. There’s a touch of acidic red berry sourness in there too. Balance is good.
harrisoni (13559) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chriso Patriks Bday tasting. Black beer. Thin tan head. Classy choc. Good coffee. Bit of heat on finish. Coffee choc liquer finish. Choc cookie finish.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle45/213 at rbwg 3/5/11.
pours more of a dark porter brown than a typical stout black. either way, there’s no head.
the aroma is a massive coffee monster with vanilla and chocolate arms and eyes that shoot spicy green barrel goodness...eh.
there is a slight coffee tartness on the finish of the flavor (which is more or less the aroma) and a lingering ashiness. not a whole bunch of bourbon. fairly dry. nice. 8/3/8/3/17
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a rich yellowy-beige head.. looked great, but the head settled quickly. The aroma picked up sour coffee and bourbon notes over burnt black patent and meatier coffee.. oak, sweet bourbon, and peppery alcohol really stick on the back of the nose.. some nice components, but it came across a little brash. The flavor found tangy bourbon and oak throughout.. meaty, earthy, and nutty coffee plus mocha at the core.. vanilla, rye, peppery alcohol, and more bourbon around.. finished with sour barrel that masked some of the tasty underlying brew and coffee.. really tasty coffee came back after the swallow. Medium-plus bodied and sharp from the barrel on the palate.. dry and grainy on the back-end.. I don’t think the bourbon barrel was necessary here, but it was still a good brew.
brokensail (10728) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The beer pours black in color with a finger of tan colored foam.
S: Plenty of coffee aroma to this. It’s really nice and has a touch of spice to it. Lots of vanilla and bourbon notes with a touch of oak. Chocolate and roasted malt aromas to go along with all the coffee.
T: A fairly substantial amount of semi-sweet dark chocolate to go with all the intense coffee. Still lots of bourbon and vanilla from the barrel and minimal oak. Moderate sweetness of toffee and molasses.
M: Medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation.
O: Easily the best of the Dark Apparition varieties that I’ve had. Really nice stuff.
Ibrew2or3 (6834) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to markwise for sharing this beauty that pours deep darkness with mocha head. The aroma offers up black strap molasses, some dark roasted coffee, a mild level of chili peppers and dusty malt balls. The taste is rich and yummy with molasses, dark to near burnt roasted malts, black strap molasses and rich oily yummy, did I mention ‘rich’, coffee beans. I get a faint chili pepper sense hovering around the edges of the flavor. Very nice brew.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers, #212/213, 2011 vintage. Deep opaque brown body with reddish highlights; thin clumping beige head. Nose of chocolate wafer, coffee, and booze. Strong coffee and alcohol notes in the body; also dark chocolate. Rough with serious prickly heat. Good, close to very good.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared with silphium...212/213 2011 edition. black pour with small ochre head. huge roasted coffee, chocolate, nuts, and toasted malt in the nose. flavor is of creamed coffee with added caramel and toffee...big, sweet...intense bourbon and vanilla...awesome
hopscotch (9037) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a typical Dark Apparition head. The bouquet delivers on its promise of fudge, expensive deeply-roasted coffee and vanilla. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. The flavor is acrid and bittersweet (more sweet than bitter), offering deeply roasted malts and coffee, dark chocolate and warm bourbon... followed loosely by a hint of butter. Finishes acrid and just short of tart. Bottle generously shared by darkguardian!